Books by Eric Foner

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, is one of this country's most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. During the 1990s, he served as president o


GATEWAY TO FREEDOM by Eric Foner
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Foner brings to life fraught decades of contention, brutality and amazing acts of moral courage."
New sources reveal the perilous journeys of fugitive slaves. Read full book review >
THE FIERY TRIAL by Eric Foner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"Look elsewhere for an understanding of the president as person, but linger here for an indispensable analysis of Lincoln navigating through the treacherous political currents of his times."
Renowned scholar Foner (History/Columbia Univ.; Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction, 2005, etc.) adroitly traces how personal conviction and force of circumstance guided Abraham Lincoln toward the radical step of emancipation. Read full book review >
OUR LINCOLN by Eric Foner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"As the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth approaches, these provocative essays constitute a perfect sneak preview of the likely scholarly agenda."
An award-winning historian assembles 12 essays from distinguished scholars commenting on Lincoln—the man, the emancipator and the chief executive. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2005

"A succinct, discerning study of the nation's first aborted attempt at racial equality."
A sterling account of Reconstruction, that misunderstood period of revolution and reaction following the Civil War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A lucid antidote to the sensationalist histories currently in vogue."
Short essays by noted scholar Foner (The Story of American Freedom, 1998, etc.) on the role history has played in recent times, including his own. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF AMERICAN FREEDOM by Eric Foner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A fine introductory text in political history, well written and thoroughly documented. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A leisurely stroll through American history in search of the elusive and constantly changing concept of freedom. Read full book review >